Single And Team Trucks
Deciding to start a career as a trucker requires some careful considerations. One of the main things truckers have to decide for themselves is whether they’ll drive alone or with a partner. Solo driving and team driving bots have unique advantages and disadvantages, although the penalties are more tied to personal preferences. If you don’t like company, you won’t like team driving, but that’s just a matter of taste. That being said, let’s have a closer look at both single and team driving.
This one is pretty much self-explanatory. You drive a truck alone, and you have to transport cargo from point A to point B. However, going alone can be exhausting, and solo drivers are required by law to take breaks now and then.
For example, you may be 14 hours on duty after having ten consecutive hours off duty, but your driving time is limited to 11 hours only.
Also, you must take a mandatory 30-minute break after 8 hours on duty. There are exceptions to this rule, such as extending driving hours by two hours but only if you’re delayed by weather conditions or getting stuck in traffic. Exceeding driving time on your own volition can result in hefty fines.
Team driving is the same as solo driving, but you have company and more flexibility. The purpose of team driving is to have two truck drivers working together to deliver the load on time.
The idea is to keep the vehicle in motion as much as possible to get to the destination faster. Simultaneously, one driver drives the truck, the other sleeps or rests, and vice versa.
Both single and team trucks have sleeping quarters for the driver. The only difference is whether they can accommodate one or two people. Different carriers offer different amenities, so it’s never just a sleeping quarter. It can also be a small apartment on wheels.
Benefits of team driving
As mentioned before, team driving offers more flexibility than single driving. You’ll be able to log more miles for a shorter period. You’ll also be able to take on more time-sensitive loads. However, many drives are concerned that they’ll be paid less if they drive with a partner, but that’s not true.
You both get paid equally, and in most cases, you get paid per load delivered and gain bonuses for supplying the cargo on time, so team driving adds up quite nicely.
Aside from that, team driving ensures better safety as drivers can switch places if one of them starts to feel fatigued. That way, you won’t have to strain yourself or potentially break the law to get the load to the desired destination on time.
Team driving may not suit everyone, but no one can deny that team driving is better, offers more benefits, and is way more flexible than driving solo.